Coach Andre Villas-Boas and Brazilian striker Hulk have been handed a two match ban each at the Chinese Super League games on Friday after they protested against the eight-match ban handed to midfielder Oscar over a mass brawl.
According to report from the South China Morning Post, Oscar was handed an eight-match suspension after triggering a mass brawl against Guanghzou R&F in the Chinese Super League (CSL) earlier this month after kicking a ball at two different opposition players.
The report further confirmed that Hulk and Wu wore T-shirts in support of the banned Oscar after SIPG beat Henan Jianye 4-1 last weekend, and appeared before a Chinese Football Association (CFA) disciplinary committee on Wednesday in Beijing alongside coach Andre Villas-Boas.
Hulk was seen wearing a T-shirt with the words “NOTHING TO DO, NOTHING TO SAY” written on it, which happens to be the same phrase seen on the T-shirt worn by Oscar as well as a banner unfurled by SIPG fans during the match against Henan, while Wu’s said “NOTHING TO DO”.
Both were sanctioned by the Chinese Football Association as the FA claimed they “affected the Chinese Super League environment in an inappropriate way”.
South China Morning Post further revealed that coach Villas-Boas was also sanctioned and handed a two-match Super League Stadium ban and fined a sum of 16,000 yuan, while SIPG were also hit with a financial penalty of 100,000 yuan.
With Brazilian midfielder Oscar sidelined until the middle of August, Hulk, Wu and Villas-Boas will also be absent for this weekend’s trip to Jiangsu Suning and also the away match against Changchun Yatai the following week.
Hulk and Wu are SIPG’s joint-top scorers in the Super League this season with nine goals each in 14 games for Villas-Boas’ second-placed side, who trail leaders Guangzhou Evergrande by four points.